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"Gardening with Shape, Line and Texture" bridges the gap between
garden design books and plant reference encyclopedias. Leading
landscaper Linden Hawthorne looks at plants from a designer's
perspective (where color is often a secondary consideration) and
emphasizes the important roles of plant
For over 33 years, gardeners in the South and beyond have turned to Garden Editor Steve Bender for his gardening expertise, delivered with equal doses of sarcasm and side-splitting humour. In his first book, he delivers valuable tips for planting, troubleshooting and growing success in his signature cantankerous style. Organised alphabetically by plant types and topics that run the gamut from azaleas and zoysia, and from chipmunks and chainsaws, The Grumpy Gardener offers a bumper crop of gardening know-how, pithy advice and ample humour for seasoned Southern gardeners, dirt-digging wannabes and plant assassins alike. This never boring read is a welcome gift for Grumpy fans, serious Southern gardeners and green thumbs everywhere who appreciate tried-and-true gardening advice as much as a great read.
Since 1997 Luciano Giubbilei has been creating serenely beautiful gardens in locations on three continents. Giubbilei is known for the understated elegance of his designs, but is constantly evolving his approach, both in response to individual clients and as his ideas develop. His work draws on his Italian heritage, especially the Renaissance gardens of the Villa Gamberaia in Tuscany, and a distinctively classical combination of restraint and opulent materials. This book examines 12 significant gardens from Giubbilei's portfolio. Each project is fully documented, from the preparation of mood boards to final planting and finishing. Sections on site development, nursery production and the sourcing of plants, and the artists and craftsmen with whom Giubbilei works complete the in-depth account of his working methods and sources of inspiration. Fully illustrated with planting plans, documentary images and photographs by Steven Wooster, this is the definitive work on the gardens of an acclaimed designer.
Everyone who loves their garden needs to make notes about plans and projects, about plants and growing tips. This beautifully illustrated journal is the answer to a garden-lover's dreams: a personal organiser, divided into six tabbed sections, where you can gather information about plants and record all the developments in your garden month by month and year by year. There is a section devoted to planning your garden, with squared paper so you can sketch out your planting schemes, followed by sections on flowers, trees and shrubs, vegetables, herbs and fruit - where you can build up lists of plants to introduce into your garden. The Useful Addresses section offers plenty of space for adding contact details of favourite garden centres and suppliers.
Plant the garden of your dreams and transform your outdoor space with award-winning Royal Horticultural Society garden design experts. Whether you're looking to revive a tired flowerbed or simply looking for new garden ideas, the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design will show you how to make your ideal garden a reality. Even if you're new to gardening, you can grasp the fundamentals of garden design, find a style that suits you, and bring your ideas to life. This design bible is packed with advice to guide you from planning to planting. From preparation such as choosing the correct materials for your structures and assessing your drainage, to laying patios, making ponds, and planting perennials, the RHS Encyclopedia of Garden Design is with you every step of the way. Discover inspirational portfolios including modernist, sustainable, Japanese, urban, family, and cottage gardens. Understand the unique features of each garden style, create your own plan, and marvel at case studies showcasing the gold standard of each garden type. With a handy visual dictionary and coverage of all the latest gardening trends, this book combines style with substance to guide you as you plant your perfect outdoor space.
'This book will inspire and delight ... the stories of these gardens so compellingly captured by George Plumptre make the reader stop and tarry awhile, marvelling at the energy, the vision and the passion of the people who created gardens such as Hidcote, Sissinghurst and Great Dixter.' (The English Garden) 'A feast of horticulture and Englishness.' (House & Garden) 'Tells the tale of the English Country House Gardens over the past 500 years expertly and informatively.' (Countryside Magazine) 'Sure to become a classic.' (Garden Design Journal) Gardening Book of the Year 2014 (Daily Telegraph) Revised and updated edition. There is something special about the English country house garden: from its quiet verdant lawns to its high yew hedges, this is a style much-desired and copied around the world. The English country house is most often conceived as a private, intimate place, a getaway from working life. A pergola, a sundial, a croquet lawn, a herbaceous border of soft planting; here is a space to wander and relax, to share secrets, and above all to enjoy afternoon tea. But even the most peaceful of gardens also take passion and hard work to create. This new book takes a fresh look at the English country house garden, starting with the owners and the stories behind the making of the gardens. Glorious photographs capture the gardens at their finest moments through the seasons, and a sparkling and erudite text presents twenty-five gardens - some grand, some personal, some celebrated, some never-before-photographed - to explore why this garden style has been so very enduring and influential. From the Victorian grandeur of Tyntesfield and Cragside, to the Arts & Crafts simplicity of Rodmarton Manor and Charleston; from Scampston, in the same family since the 17th century, to new gardens by Dan Pearson and Tom Stuart-Smith; and with favourites such as Hidcote and Great Dixter alongside new discoveries, this book will be a delicious treat for garden-lovers.
Turn your garden into a bright summer paradise with a collection of 35 projects to create stylish, fragrant and abundant displays. There are gorgeous flowering plants, lush foliage, special occasion displays, and edible fruit and vegetable harvests. The projects in Small Summer Gardens include hanging baskets, window boxes, beautiful flower beds, large and small pots, and pretty recycled containers. Create a display of foxgloves and woodland plants in a rusty trunk, scented sweet peas in a tub, a mini water garden with flowering water lilies, a wreath made from alpine flowers, fruit bushes in pots and much more. With Emma Hardy's expert advice, you will learn everything you need to know about growing annuals from seed, growing bulbs, using inexpensive bedding plants in interesting ways, combining perennials and small shrubs and growing and maintaining fruit and vegetable plants.
This title helps you discover the versatility of a beautiful courtyard garden, for entertaining, relaxing and extending your living space. It offers ideas for paths and paving with bricks, tiles, cobbles, gravel, railway sleepers and mosaics, and how to use walls, fences, plants, furniture, lighting and ornaments. It features a range of sites, including sunny, shady and windy, as well as structures suitable for children and pets. It includes suggestions for planting low-growing shrubs, pretty foliage plants, and flowers for seasonal interest. A well-designed courtyard gives years of pleasure. This useful handbook is packed with inspirational advice on creating the most attractive outdoor spaces. It considers the practical aspects of planning, as well as restrictions such as lack of light or space. It is full of ideas for overhauling the basic components of your garden, including surfaces, fences and plants, and describes how to make the most of special features such as ornaments and lighting to create the desired atmosphere. With illustrated examples, clear text and over 100 beautiful photographs, this is an essential guide for anyone wishing to maximize the potential of their patio or terrace.
The secret to creating a glorious, productive garden is year-round love and attention; it's good-old-fashioned maintenance: remember to plant tulips and daffodil bulbs in autumn, and your garden will come alive with bright splashes of colour in early spring; remember to hoe the flowerbeds in April to prevent weeds choking the new growth; and, take cuttings of shrubs in August. Keeping track of what to do when is no simple task, but this straightforward new book will help you plan your year. It gives you seasonal lists of jobs to do, which plants to plant and plenty of expert advice and handy hints on how to improve your garden.
You may never look at a garden in the same way again. Though not a "how-to" book, "Beauty By Design" is a treasure trove of ideas and enchantment for seasoned gardeners and beginners alike. Eleven inspired artists of the garden share their stories, their secrets, and their passion for gardening. Landscape is the canvas. Foliage, flowers, rocks, water, and other bounties of nature are the materials. With plants, objects, art, and artifice, they create magical spaces, engage our senses, and summon forth pure delight.Travel with Bill Terry and Rosemary Bates to these special places on the Pacific Northwest coast. Visit Dan Hinkley's enchanted garden, perched above the shore of Puget Sound in Washington State. Close by, beauty explodes in an earthly paradise created by sculptors George and David Lewis and in Linda Cochran's stunning garden of exotics. Cross the Strait of Juan de Fuca to Vancouver Island and potter Robin Hopper's "Anglojapanadian" woodland wonderland. Enjoy the subtle blending of texture and colour in painter Eva Diener's Sunshine Coast botanical garden. Admire the genius of Robert and Birgit Bateman's inspiring space on Salt Spring Island, Des and Sandy Kennedy's fairy-tale forest house and garden on Denman Island, and Kathy Leishman's garden of refinement for all seasons on Bowen Island. In downtown Vancouver, Glen Patterson indulges his passion for alpines and conifers in his astonishing third-storey roof garden. Elsewhere in the city, Pam Frost's eye for colour and arrangement transports the viewer out of the urban into the sublime, while on the Saanich Peninsula, writers Lorna Crozier and Patrick Lane speak with love and eloquence of their garden, and in verse, too.Accompanied by breathtaking photographs, these gardeners and their stories will inspire all who love to paint with plants.
Food, we can't live without it, yet its costs are rising and consuming more of the family budget. In addition, health concerns about the use of pesticides, gmo foods, and potential soil mineral depletion in the food supply inspire more people to want to grow their own vegetables. Many of these live in cities with only small yard spaces. This book presents new methods devised and tested by the author to maximize food production from a small yard. By tightly spacing plants in deep, fertile soil, training plants vertically, and harvesting year round -- with the help of the inexpensive, portable greenhouse one can build from this book -- a great proportion of a family
In her latest book, Garden Style, Selina Lake reveals how to make the most of any outdoor space, no matter what size or shape. Selina begins by describing her sources of inspiration - famous gardens, nurseries and garden centres, plant catalogues and botanical prints. Armed with ideas, she moves on to Chapter Two, Decorating your Garden, which is packed with suggestions for container gardening and introducing decorative features. In the next chapter, Bringing the Outside In, she harvests flowers and foliage from the garden to provide seasonal adornment for her home. Chapter Four, Garden Rooms, Greenhouses and Sheds, taps into the current trend for garden buildings that allow you to make the most of your outdoor space. Next, in Relaxing Outdoors, Selina explains how to transform your garden into a stylish space for entertaining, with ideas on furniture, lighting and more. Finally, in Eating Outdoors, Selina offers advice on creating an inviting outdoor room for eating alfresco. The book is peppered with styling ideas and simple projects. There are also tips on choosing easy-to-grow garden plants and even growing your own produce. Perfect for anyone who wants to make the most of their own little patch of green, Garden Style will also appeal to those who might have neglected their outdoor space and need help to see the potential in their plot. Garden Style will allow readers to transform even the smallest scrap of outdoor space into a lush green retreat.
Throughout history great gardeners have risen from all walks of life. Some have been aristocratic amateur gardeners, others professional designers with an international practice. Some have come to garden-making from sister arts such as sculpture or painting; some have been hands-on nurserymen or botanists. What they all have in common, no matter where or when they were born, is the ability to take an idea and develop it in a new manner relevant to their times. The book contains four sections. `Gardens of Ideas' moves from the politically allusive gardens of 18th-century England made by men such as William Kent, to Charles Jencks's Scottish garden inspired by 21st-century cosmography. `Gardens of Straight Lines' explores the lives of the great formalist gardeners, from Le Notre at Versailles to the rational English minimalism of contemporary designer Christopher Bradley-Hole. `Gardens of Curves' begins with that great exponent of the English landscape garden, `Capability' Brown, and leads to the extraordinary Brazilian designer Roberto Burle Marx. Finally, `Gardens of Plantsmanship' moves from the father of naturalistic planting, William Robinson, to the sweeping prairies of New York's favourite Dutch designer, Piet Oudolf. With an outstanding text by the award-winning gardens writer Stephen Anderton, this book will appeal to garden lovers everywhere.
Personal and private outdoor space is becoming ever-more elusive as urban areas become more crowded due to population growth and increasing development. Urban Oasis: Tranquil Outdoor Spaces at Home explores projects from London to New York and Sydney to San Francisco that reveal inspirational designs of rooftops, garden spaces, outdoor rooms, terraces and courtyards, and provide refuge from the modern world with private pockets of paradise. These outdoor spaces provide relaxing, sociable, and plant-filled settings for residents to savor peace and calm, and the company of family and friends.
"Gardens and Plants of the Getty Villa" is the long-awaited companion volume to "Plants in the Getty's Central Garden" published in 2004. In the first part of the book, garden historian Patrick Bowe explores the design, planting, and uses of the ancient Roman garden and describes how J. Paul Getty's vision to create such a garden in California was brought to reality.
The second part includes a sumptuously illustrated guide to the plants in each of the five gardens at the Villa. Bowe introduces each of the gardens, describing the underlying concepts and the relationship to the ancient Roman models as well as their architectural and sculptural elements present. He also documents how plantings have been renewed in light of new knowledge emerging from excavations conducted in the Roman gardens of Pompeii and Herculaneum. Horticulturist Michael DeHart provides informative descriptions of the growing habits and characteristics for each of the plants, citing medicinal, culinary, and ritual uses for many of them.
Create a colourful garden with tiles galore! A beginner-friendly guide, Garden Mosaics opens with insightful chapters on understanding the materials, tools and techniques necessary to prepare and get started. Using ceramic, vitreous glass, marble, mirrors or granite tiles, you'll move on to create 19 stunning mosaic garden projects that range from simple to elaborate, from one-of-a-kind pots, garden ornaments and bird baths to stepping stones, garden tables, wall panels and more! Each design contains step-by-step instructions and coordinating photography, as well as pattern templates.
"In the course of my research," writes D. Fairchild Ruggles, "I devoured Arabic agricultural manuals from the tenth through the fourteenth centuries. I love gardening, and in these texts I was able to enter the minds of agriculturalists and botanists of a thousand years ago who likewise believed it was important and interesting to record all the known ways of propagating olive trees, the various uses of rosemary, and how best to fertilize a garden bed." Western admirers have long seen the Islamic garden as an earthly reflection of the paradise said to await the faithful. However, such simplification, Ruggles contends, denies the sophistication and diversity of the art form. Islamic Gardens and Landscapes immerses the reader in the world of the architects of the great gardens of the Islamic world, from medieval Morocco to contemporary India. Just as Islamic culture is historically dense, sophisticated, and complex, so too is the history of its built landscapes. Islamic gardens began from the practical need to organize the surrounding space of human civilization, tame nature, enhance the earth's yield, and create a legible map on which to distribute natural resources. Ruggles follows the evolution of these early farming efforts to their aristocratic apex in famous formal gardens of the Alhambra in Spain and the Taj Mahal in Agra. Whether in a humble city home or a royal courtyard, the garden has several defining characteristics, which Ruggles discusses. Most notable is an enclosed space divided into four equal parts surrounding a central design element. The traditional Islamic garden is inwardly focused, usually surrounded by buildings or in the form of a courtyard. Water provides a counterpoint to the portioned green sections. Ranging across poetry, court documents, agronomy manuals, and early garden representations, and richly illustrated with pictures and site plans, Islamic Gardens and Landscapes is a book of impressive scope sure to interest scholars and enthusiasts alike.
Rosalind Creasy, the ingenue of edible landscaping, does it again with The Italian Vegetable Garden an invitation to grow and prepare some of the exceptional varieties of produce for which Italian cooking is so justly famous. This beautifully illustrated guide to growing Italian vegetables gives you tips for planting and preparing fantastic varieties of tomatoes, greens, beans, eggplants, artichokes, peppers, herbs and more! Readers will find suggestions on how to grow Italian vegetables in most North American climates, and how to prepare these fresh veggies with more than 25 recipes for antipasti, soups, sauces and sides from a delicious classic marinara to bread pudding with artichokes and even preserves. Mouthwatering photos throughout evoke the flavours of these delectable vegetables and dishes, and highlights Italian specialties, such as the greens that grow wild on Italy's hillsides. With a new preface by Creasy, as well as updated recommendations, this book continues to be a trusted resource.
A step-by-step guide that gives any gardener all the information needed to make garden furnishings that are both simple and beautiful. This book includes 50 complete plans for trellises, raised beds, planters, window boxes, and just about any imaginable project you can make to train and display plants in your garden and around your home. Featured projects are created using a host of easily found materials, including wood, metal, hypertufa, upcycled barrels, clay pots, sticks, latticework, copper tubing, re-rod, wire, landscape timbers, retaining wall block, and natural stone. Each plan includes photographs, a scaled plan drawing, cutting and shopping lists, and thorough step-by-step instructions.
'Garden designer Ula Maria takes us on a safari through small but perfectly formed oases...to inspire your very own Eden.' - Elle Deco 'Urban garden design has inspired books ever since the Victorians started to green their sprawling new neighbourhoods. But where Maria's Green differs is that it focuses on the possibilities of growing in small spaces rather than the restrictions. The 22 gardens she has brought together (by various designers) erupt with potential...In Green urban gardens, so often prone to a twinge of pity from those who tend larger, more rural spaces, become deeply aspirational.' - Alice Vincent, the Daily Telegraph 'A must for apprehensive city gardeners and for anyone wanting to make the most out of their outdoor space, no matter how small it might be. [...] Flicking through it feels almost as enjoyable and relaxing as sitting in the garden.' - Gardens Illustrated 'The first book from rising star Ula Maria tackles the perennial challenge of how to create a garden in a small space. [...] Whether you dream of a Mediterranean oasis, a rose-filled retreat or a tropical jungle, Green will help you to make the most of your space, proving that small can indeed be beautiful.' - House & Garden 'Spending so much time outdoors in my childhood made me think of a garden as a natural extension of my home - an inseparable part of everyday life. It wasn't until I moved into a rented property in the city that I felt an undeniable urge to make the most of the little exterior space that we had and re-evaluate it. In time, creating outdoor spaces that people truly care for, no matter how small or large, became much more rewarding than perfecting any indoor space. Many say that a home is a true reflection of self, but I believe it is the garden, where personalities and relationships with our surroundings truly blossom.' - Ula Maria In Green, Ula Maria takes a completely fresh look at creating a garden in whatever outdoor space is available - be it a roof terrace, balcony, small back yard or patio. Perfect for first-time gardeners, the book approaches creating a garden as if decorating a room - exploring how to work with scale, colour and texture, to choosing the plants that will thrive in an urban space. At the heart of the book are 22 genuinely small and innovative gardens with a dazzling range of ideas to copy - from a small backyard garden using reclaimed timber, evergreens and grasses to a rental rooftop terrace in the heart of the city where a cottage-style garden has been created in simple containers. Using low-maintenance plants and affordable furniture, lighting and containers, Green offers simple solutions that don't involve major structural work but will quickly result in a stylish and hugely rewarding urban sanctuary. The book was shot by award-winning photographer, Jason Ingram.
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